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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Monday 14 August 2017

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Good night from the BBC Live team

We're finished for another day, we'll be back again tomorrow morning from 06:00 with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

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Publican's epic swim in honour of his sister

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A Maidstone publican is setting off on an epic swim to raise funds for the hospice named after his sister Demelza.

From teenage party to award-winning festival

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It started as a teenage house party. Now LeeFest - which took place last weekend - is one of Kent's biggest music festivals.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - M20 exit slip road closed coastbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone). In the roadworks area.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Men arrested after Sittingbourne break-in

Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating an attempted burglary in Sittingbourne.

Police were called to a business in Gadby Road just before 02:00 BST on Tuesday 8 August.

A 42-year-old and a 21-year-old were questioned and released while the investigation continues.

Police say they seized a lock knife, five packets containing white and brown powder and drug paraphernalia during a search of a nearby car park.

Teenage death in Cuba: 'He was so full of life'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Tributes have been paid to a teenage athlete from Whitstable who died in his sleep while on a school trip to Cuba.

The rain returns

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

It looks like the rain is going to make a return, but it shouldn't be too bad.

Watch my forecast to find out more.

Air show pilot 'wearing wrong sort of lifejacket'

An air show pilot who ditched his plane into the sea got wedged in the cockpit because he was wearing the wrong sort of lifejacket, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has found.

The pilot was giving a display of balloon bursting when the plane lost power.

The light aircraft came down in shallow water off Herne Bay during a display in the town on 14 August 2016.

The pilot's lifejacket then inflated automatically inside the plane.

Did you see M20 collision?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police are looking for witnesses to a collision between a lorry and a motorbike on the M20.

Emergency crews were called to the London-bound carriageway near Wrotham Hill just after 15:15 BST yesterday.

The motorcyclist, a man in his 40s, was seriously hurt.

He's in a stable condition in hospital in London.

Officers want to hear from anyone who what happened.

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for A229 Chatham and J4 for A278.

M2 Kent - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M2 coastbound between J3, A229 (Chatham) and J4, A278 (Gillingham), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Appeal for witnesses after M20 lorry and motorbike crash

Kent News: 'Future Olympians being held back' by Kent's lack of 50-metre swimming pool

Kent Live: Far-right group Britain First is planning a Ramsgate rally

Some changeable weather on the way

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

There could be the odd rumble of thunder tonight but staying fairly mild.

Here's my latest forecast.

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A228 Strood and J3 for A229 Chatham.

M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 coastbound between J2, A228 (Strood) and J3, A229 (Chatham), because of a collapsed manhole. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

ICYMI: Part-time soldiers put new skills into action

Part-time soldiers from Kent, Sussex and Surrey have spent two weeks training alongside the US military in Michigan

The reserve battalion of the Princess of Wales's Royal regiment have been taking part in an exercise designed to get NATO forces practicing working alongside each other.

Tributes to 'wonderful' pupil who's died in Cuba

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Tributes are being paid to a Kent student who died in his sleep on a school trip to Cuba.

Alex Holliday, who was in Year 10 at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar in Faversham, died during the early hours of Friday in a hotel room in Havana.

Thirty students from the school were taking part in a trip to study marine ecology.

The school's headteacher has paid tribute to Alex, saying he "will leave behind a huge void".

Alex was a wonderful person, unfailingly polite and courteous and keen to engage in the wider life of the school, particularly in sport.

It goes without saying that he will be deeply missed by his classmates and all of the staff at Queen Elizabeth's. Staff, students and Governors at Queen Elizabeth's offer their condolences to Alex's family at this most difficult of times, they are very much in our thoughts."

David AndersonHeadteacher

Animal welfare group's victory over CCTV

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A Kent-based animal welfare group is claiming victory after the government announced plans for compulsory CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses.

Animal Aid says the move will help stop the illegal cruelty they've exposed through undercover filming.

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A228 Strood and J3 for A229 Chatham.

M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 coastbound between J2, A228 (Strood) and J3, A229 (Chatham), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

'Respect the water' this August

The RNLI is urging people to "respect the water" this summer as part of a drowning prevention campaign.

The charity says more people die in UK waters in August than any other month.

'We feel abandoned and let down'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The parents of two severely disabled children forced to sleep in the living room of their council house in Ramsgate because they can't get up the stairs, say they feel "abandoned and let down" by the authorities.

They've turned down one house they were offered because they say it's not suitable.

Thanet District Council say they don't have anything else available.

Mum-of-four guilty of smuggling migrants

A mum-of-four from Gillingham, Kent, has been found guilty of trying to smuggle 12 Vietnamese migrants into the UK through the Channel Tunnel.

Katy Bethel, 28, was heavily pregnant at the time.

Rural crime figures published

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Rural crime in the South East has risen sharply in the first half of this year, according to countryside insurer NFU Mutual.

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

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Here are the morning headlines:

  • Rural crime figures released today show that Kent is one of the worst affected places in the UK.
  • Police are investigating reports that a woman was sexually assaulted in Tenterden.
  • More than forty people have attended a meeting to discuss a plan to re-open the Leas lift in Folkstone.

Deal sailor named in GB blind sailing team

Sailing is a skill that demands accuracy, fine judgement and courage, especially if you're blind.

Just ask Catherine Westbrook, who's been chosen to represent the country at the Blind Sailing World Championships.

Dry and sunny today

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

There will be some showers this evening though.

Here's my latest forecast.

Good morning!

It's the start of the week and what better way to welcome it in than this picture of Deal Castle by Christopher Brown - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Deal Castle
Christopher Brown

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